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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 14:02

John Key is again dangling tax cuts in front of voters, but such cuts will come at the cost of cuts to health, education and environmental protection, the Green Party said today.

"Independent analysis of the Government's books, commissioned by the Green Party, revealed National is already planning to cut $3.8 billion over the next three years in real spending in health, education and environmental protection," Green Partly Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said.

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:59

New home buyers in Auckland are on average $228,400 worse off when buying a home now than when National came to power, and National's meek deposit policy does nothing to make housing more affordable says the Green Party.

"Since National came to power in 2008 the median house price in Auckland has risen by $228,400. Today's announcement is a meek band aid solution to a much more serious problem," said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:39

John Key must release all the information regarding the declassification of Security Intelligence Service documents that embarrassed Phil Goff prior to the 2011 election, the Green Party said today.

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:36

The proposal to set up a forestry co-operative to market New Zealand forest products is welcome, but not if it is foreign controlled and its prime concern is to simply export more unprocessed logs, the Green Party said today.

"The bulk of forests are already foreign owned, and this initiative is intent on wrapping up the rats and mice of New Zealand's remaining 14,000 small forests," Green Party forestry spokesperson Steffan Browning said today.

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 11:39

John Key's poverty denial is damaging the wellbeing of Maori and Pasifika people as new research shows they are getting poorer, sicker and less likely to be employed under National, the Green Party said today.

A new study from Victoria University shows that social inequality has worsened over the past decade and that the health, and income gap between Maori and Pasifika people and Europeans is growing even wider under National.

"This is not a Government working in the interest of all its people," Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 11:34

The Green Party agrees with the need for more collaboration and non-contact time for teachers, but disagrees that the Government's hierarchical approach is the way to achieve that, said the Green Party today.

The NZEI today voted with a 93 percent majority to reject the Government's flagship education policy.

"This is the latest of the Minister's expensive flagship education policies that she has failed to get over the line," said Green Party education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty today.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 14:57

Spy watchdog, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), has confirmed it will investigate Green Party concerns that Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) documents were declassified for political purposes.

"John Key can no longer say these dirty politics allegations are 'baseless' and a 'conspiracy'. The IGIS thinks it legitimate enough to investigate," Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.

"John Key's strategy of attacking the claims and denying wrongdoing has failed because now an independent authority has found them worthy of investigation."

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 10:02

The Green Party has released its full fiscal costings for their 2014 election priorities which show they will deliver larger surpluses and pay down debt sooner than National.

The Party’s full costings have been analysed by independent economic consultancy Infometrics.

Infometrics has found that not only will the Green Party run bigger surpluses than National, it will do this while also taking significant steps to advance their election priorities: reducing child poverty, making rivers and lakes safe enough to swim in again, and creating a smarter, greener economy.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 15:52

The Prime Minister John Key must properly investigate Minister of Justice Judith Collins, leaking a public servants' name and contact details to the Whale Oil blogsite, the Green Party said today.

Ms Collins leaked public servant, Simon Pleasants, details after she suspected he had provided information, in 2009, about Finance Minister Bill English double-dipping on his housing allowance. Mr Pleasants had not leaked any information, but was subject to death threats on Cameron Slater's Whale Oil blogsite.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 09:30

Findings in an independent analysis of the Government's books, commissioned by the Green Party, reveal National is planning multi-billion dollar cuts to health, education, and environment spending over the next three years.

The analysis, prepared by Ganesh Nana of independent economic consultancy BERL, shows that National is stripping funding, in real terms, to the health, education and environment sectors to the tune of at least $3.837 billion over the next three years.